Grateful in December
A Post Thanksgiving / Early Christmas party brought the scent of roasted turkey and cranberries at home last weekend. The reasons behind this event are; To celebrate a friend's birthday, to entertain new friends from South Africa visiting Dubai and to spend my last weeks with Dubai friends this year before I fly to join my husband and family for Christmas in France.
It was also a perfect excuse to decorate the home for the holidays, despite not being here during Christmas. As expected, I jumped on the opportunity to decorate and roast my very first turkey. Now I understand the hours of painstaking effort described by friends in the U.S. in preparation for this much awaited meal.
|Each friend brought their own dish. My favorite Quinoa alternative fried rice|
We took a trip to ACE Hardware to purchase potted Poinsettia and a wreath that we've converted into a corner feature to highlight the existing IKEA twigs that I already have in a glass floor vase.
|Decorated the IKEA twigs to create a makeshift Christmas tree, Existing Votive Candles with trimmings from Daiso|
December has also been a month of many things; Car breaking down in the middle of the road due to an engine problem last night, standing at the curb with my big belly watching a tow truck. Last minute shopping for winter clothes after work. A detailed ultrasound appointment during lunch hour on my own, convincing the doctor why I choose not to find out the gender while he tempted me otherwise. Packing while figuring out how to get a car battery installed to get myself to places in the sand pit. A near-miss car accident on the way home that I'm forever thankful didn't happen, only to realize later that I forgot to retrieve my house key from the set of keys handed over to the car service center. Some days can be a pain right?
With all the hormones kicking in, I just cried after all that, for feeling helpless and alone in unexpected situations while my husband tried to comfort me on Skype.
Learnings: I realized later that I'm thankful I have friends with me when all of this happened. If I were alone and didn't agree to meet friends over dinner, the car would have stopped in the middle of Emirates Road and it would have been a much worse disaster. I'm glad I have my uncle, more like a fairy god mother, staying with me while my husband is away and he had the other house key. These events made me see these seemingly invisible blessings and for these I'm grateful.
I wish you all a happy month of December!
What are your plans?
Love & light,